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Thursday, March 17, 2005

 
I've just discovered Unsafe Search which is an interesting search engine that tries to do the opposite of what Google normally does with a filtered search. The Google filter obviously lets you filter out pornographic and sexually explicit content using the Safesearch function. However, it's not easy to check to see what Google does regard as being unsafe. With this search engine (well, modified Google interface really), you type in your search, it runs a normal query, then runs it again with safesearch enabled. The 'safe' results are then subtracted, leaving the 'unsafe' ones. Clearly the idea behind the engine is to get people to the porn more quickly, but it's a very interesting way to see exactly what Google thinks is unsafe. I ran a variety of different searches (you can think up your own, I'm not listing them here) and in almost every case there was material that was perfectly acceptable but was still in the 'unsafe' list. I already knew that Google tended to go overboard slightly on this, but it was still a surprise. Worth trying out.
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